Scott McClure has busy serving Porter County. Along with his current position as a practicing attorney for law firm Rhame and Elwood, he recently accepted the position of Porter County Attorney, adding a new set of responsibilities to his already long and distinguished career.
Appointments for free federal and state tax preparation at the United Way of Porter County (UWPC) are being accepted starting Tuesday, January 19. Free tax preparation is limited to taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of $54,000 or less with certain other limitation based on the training scope of the volunteer preparers.
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Talk to a lawyer for free at Portage Township Trustee, Brendan Clancy’s office, 3484 Airport Road in Portage on Monday, January 19, 2015 from 8 am to 4 pm. It is one of 2 sites in Porter County that is hosting the Indiana State Bar Association and NWI Volunteer Lawyer’s 14th Annual Public Service Event. The other site is at the Valparaiso University Law School, 656 S. Greenwich in Valparaiso that same day from 9 am to 5 pm.
1. Destroy All Copies of Old Wills. If you have previously executed a Will, physically destroy it. Even though our Wills technically “revoke” all of your prior wills, you should not rely on this language to revoke them.
2. Enter Your Information and Delete Blank Lines. Enter your information and bequests into the form where you see blank lines. Delete the remainder of the blanks after you have input your information. (Your Will should not resemble a form when you’re done.)
The first day of Spring in 2014 provided a great opportunity for members of the Portage Chamber of Commerce to look forward in their lives with a presentation from Attorney Scott McClure from Rhame & Elwood. McClure touched on a number of topics in regards to estate planning and encouraged those in attendance to be proactive when it comes to caring for their assets.
Beginning Friday, Feb. 7 and continuing on most Friday evenings through April, Northwest Indiana families with less than $50,000 in annual income may take advantage of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at the Indiana University Northwest School of Business and Economics. This service provides free electronic tax filing of federal and state returns for local families.
Rather than waiting until a few days (or the day!) before the tax-filing deadline, start organizing your paperwork now. After all, the earlier you file, the earlier you’ll get your refund — if you’re entitled to one. And if you end up owing the IRS money, at least you can file on time and avoid paying late filing penalties.
You don’t want to pay any more in tax than you have to. That means taking advantage of every strategy, deduction, and credit that you’re entitled to. However, the window of opportunity for many tax-saving moves closes on December 31, so it’s important to evaluate your tax situation now, while there’s still time to affect your bottom line for the 2013 tax year.